The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), in collaboration with the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), has intensified efforts to reduce plastic pollution in Nigeria.
This was disclosed at a symposium hosted by FRIN in conjunction with NESREA and Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN), Oyo chapter, on Monday in Ibadan, commemorating 2023 World Environment Day.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to create awareness and encourage efforts to protect and preserve the environment.
The 2023 World Environment Days theme was Beat Plastic Pollution.
FRIN directorgeneral Zacharia BubaYaduma said plastic pollution had become a major environmental problem requiring immediate attention and action.
Mr BubaYaduma noted that plastic pollution had become a global issue affecting the environment, human health, and the economy.
This pollution also affects human health as microplastics have been found in food, water and even the air we breathe, stated Mr BubaYaduma.
He added, One of the most effective ways to reduce plastic pollution is to reduce dependence on singleuse plastic.
He called on governments, businesses and individuals to work together to find sustainable solutions for protecting the planet and its inhabitants.
Every year, about eight million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in our oceans, causing harm to marine life and ecosystem.